Fight continues over proposed cruise ship terminal in downtown Charleston

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) The fight continues to stop a proposed cruise ship terminal in downtown Charleston.

On Tuesday, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in this case. 

According to court documents, the South Carolina Ports Authority plans to build a cruise ship terminal at an abandoned warehouse on the northern end of the Union Pier Terminal.

The SCPA tells News 2 the proposed terminal would span 100,000 square feet and cost about $35 million.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control already granted permits for the proposed terminal.

People who live nearby say they are directly impacted by the project and therefore should have been part of the conversation before the permits were approved. 

Several years ago a lower court ruled the plaintiffs did not have an argument. The court of appeals later affirmed the judges ruling.

The Historic Charleston Foundation, Coastal Conservation League, Historic Ansborough Neighborhood Association and The Preservation Society are now challenging that ruling again.

The state Supreme Court justices listened to both sides to decide if there is standing for the case. No decision was made. 

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